On behalf of Santa Barbara City College and the entire International Student Support Program staff, I warmly welcome you to our college and I wish you all the best for a productive, challenging, and fun spring semester! We realize that adjusting to a new learning and living environment can be challenging and we are here to support you with any issues or challenges, which may arise, and to make your experience at SBCC the best it can possibly be. If you have not met your international student advisor, please be sure to stop by our office to say hello and to meet our amazing staff. To make the most of your experience at SBCC, I strongly encourage you to actively participate in upcoming campus events and to check out all the different ways you can get involved in the campus community. The February 16th "Club Day" is right around the corner and provides a great opportunity to learn about the different students clubs, which you can join! Throughout the coming months, we will be sending you important announcements either through this newsletter or via separate emails so please be sure to check your Pipeline email and to read the newsletters. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have and have a great semester!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
International students must maintain 12.0 credits
The regulations of the F-1 visa require all international students to maintain a full-time course load each semester; at SBCC this means that students must be enrolled in at least 12.0 credits. Only one of these classes can be an online or distance learning class.
Pay your tuition and fees
Take a few minutes to check your Pipeline account and make sure you do not have any financial debts with the college. If you do, we ask that you please take care of those immediately. All registration fees must be paid no later than January 29th, 2016. If you have been granted an extension of payment, please be sure to pay prior to the priority registration period in April.
Dropping a Class
As the student, you are responsible for dropping classes by the stated deadlines. If you register in a class and later change your mind, it is your responsibility to drop the class. Review your Schedule/Bill for course deadlines. Log in to Pipeline and go to Registration. Follow the instructions on the Add/Drop Classes page for dropping a class.
There are many transfer students who have not picked up the SBCC I-20!
All transfer students who are enrolling for the first time at Santa Barbara City College are required to meet with their Advisor to complete the transfer from your former school, and receive a new I-20 from SBCC. Contact the International Office to schedule an appointment or stop by during walk-in hours.
Update your address
Please update your address and Emergency Contact in your Pipeline account. A requirement of maintaining your F-1 status in the US is reporting a valid address as your place of residence while in the US. Failure to do so can result in serious consequences, including the termination of your visa status.
If you are enrolled in any of the Life Fitness Program courses, such as PE 149,166,169,179,195,196,or PE277A,B,C, be sure to complete the required weekly hours of attendance at the Fitness Lab on the weekly basis. Be aware that the instructor will be checking to see if you are fulfilling this requirement. The instructor may drop you at any time for failing to fulfilling the attendance course requirement. Please refer to your course syllabus for specifics. The open lab hours for Life Fitness Program courses are:
Monday through Thursday: 11:00am to 8:30pm
Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 2 pm
Become our Fan on Facebook
The International Office will announce upcoming events, activities, opportunities and deadlines on Facebook. Be informed, make new friends, become a fan on FB. Post a comment, a picture, or an update to let us know you are a fan! Remember, all comments must be written in English! Like us on Facebook: “SBCC International Ambassadors of SBCC”.
Log Out of Pipeline
Please make sure to log out of Pipeline AND close the browser afterwards to prevent someone else from accidentally accessing your account. Sometimes, even when Pipeline is logged out, other accounts such as campus card or Gmail might remain logged into if the browser stays open. So, remember to log out and close that browser!
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
2016-2017 Scholarship Application Period is Open
The Financial Aid Office would like to inform you that the SBCC Scholarship Application for 2016-2017 is now open! They have over one hundred forty different scholarships and more than $500,000 available to be given out to deserving SBCC students. We greatly encourage you to apply as soon as possible at http://www.sbcc.edu/scholarships/ . The scholarship application period will close on March 2nd at 11:59 pm (PST) and will not be accepting any late applications, so please apply now! Incomplete applications will not be considered.
SBCC is proud to have a large variety of active and vibrant student run clubs on campus! Clubs provide you with a chance to get involved. Find a club (or two or three) that's right for you. Hang out with friends. Meet new friends. Make a difference. Club Day will be held in front of the Campus Center on February 16th from 10 am to 2 pm. For a list of recent clubs please visit http://www.sbcc.edu/clubs/ . If you are interested in starting a club of your own please contact Ms. Amy Collins, Student Program Advisor, for assistance. You can find Amy at the Office of Student Life (Room CC 217-222) in the Campus Center.
Please Join Us
The Ambassadors will host a variety of social activities. All students are welcome to join, and can find the Facebook event page with more details here: https://www.facebook.com/SBCCambassadors/?fref=nf
You are invited each week to hang out, enjoy some drinks and snacks, and have fun talking with American Friends! We meet every Thursday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at The “Loft” at the Ocean Hills located at 821 State Street (above Sur La Table). All international students are invited to attend. For more information please send your inquiry to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
FREE WORKSHOPS FOR SBCC STUDENTS
Stop avoiding the blank page. Develop techniques to increase writing confidence. This workshop takes place on Thursday, February 4th, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Cartwright Learning Resource Center. Arrive early to reserve your seat!
Your Writing Process
There is more than one way to write a paper. Explore different approaches to identifying what works for you. This workshop takes place on Thursday, February 18th, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Cartwright Learning Resource Center. Arrive early to reserve your seat!
Note Taking Strategies
Expand your knowledge of note taking techniques and purposes. This workshop takes place on Thursday, February 11th from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm at the LRC CAI 2 classroom.
Memory Techniques/Study Skills
Manage your time effectively and create healthier lifestyle patterns. This workshop takes place on Thursday, February 25th from 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm at the LRC CAI 2 classroom.
A Tax Workshop will NOT be offered this year. If you have received a W-2 Form from an employer(s), or a 1098T Form(s) from schools attended during the 2015 year, it is recommended you consult with a tax preparation service to find out if you will need to file the 2015 Year Taxes. If you would like assistance with preparation of your taxes please contact: Sprintax a Non-Resident Tax Filing Service at www.sprintax.com . We will attempt to add other providers of this service as they become available. Please check with the International Student Office for an updated list. Students who worked in the U.S. in 2015 are legally required to file a tax return.
1098T / W2 /1095-B Forms
All international students are expected to complete and file tax forms with the U.S. federal government, whether or not they earned income during the 2014 tax year. For more information please visit: http://international.sbcc.edu/about/faq/?pid=27 . If you have questions, please feel free to stop by International Student Office for assistance.
TRANSFER CENTER REPRESENTATIVES
University Representatives on Campus
Several university representatives will be on the SBCC campus to provide you with university information, applications, pamphlets, and the opportunity to ask questions about admissions, scholarship opportunities for international students and specific major requirements. For a list of the universities who will have representatives on campus, dates and locations where they will be tabling, please visit http://www.sbcc.edu/transfercenter/visitingrepresentatives.php . Representatives will gladly meet with students on an individual basis by appointment. To schedule an appointment you will need to visit the Transfer Center (Student Services Bldg., Room 140).
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
The 31st Edition of the SB Film Festival will take place from February 3-13, 2016 in downtown Santa Barbara. Films from around the world are showcased in Santa Barbara this week, with actors, directors, costume designers, set designers and more attending the shows. For a full schedule of the films showing, check the Independent this week, or look on-line at http://www.independent.com/news/2016/jan/12/sbiff-2016-slate-revealed/ or www.sbiff.org .
First Thursday Art Walk on State Street
1st Thursday is an award winning program highlighting downtown arts, culture and entertainment on the first Thursday of every month. All 1st Thursday attractions are FREE from 5-8 pm. For more information please visit http://www.santabarbaradowntown.com/about/1st-thursday .
The Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market: Open Rain or Shine! Believe it, or not, we have our very own open air markets right here in the Santa Barbara area. There is a farmers market near you. If you would like to enjoy fresh organically grown fruits, vegetables and other produce for your cooking and healthy eating, including farm fresh cheese, bread without preservatives, and many other agricultural products locally grown visit one of the open air markets. The difference in the taste is unbelievable! For more information and a list of the weekly schedule please visit: http://www.sbfarmersmarket.org/index.php .
Ed Inks Has Left The Building
January 29th to March 25th, 2016 The Atkinson Gallery at Santa Barbara City College is pleased to present Ed Inks Has Left the Building, an exhibition featuring sculptures by Ed Inks in honor of his upcoming retirement. In this body of work, Inks’ commanding knowledge of both technique and art history are united in the objects themselves. Of his whimsical abstractions which fuse Minimalist forms with Neo-Dadaist irreverence, Inks says, "Recent works borrow heavily from figurative references from the pre?historic period such as the Venus of Willendorf, but also the figurative sculpture of mid?20th century abstractionists; Henry Moore, Constantin Brancusi, etc. I am interested a symbolic sensuousness, yet the genuine awkwardness of the human body. Recent works depict embellished male and female forms, or other phallic images found in pre?historic cultures—a modernization of humankind’s oldest fertility icons." This exhibit is FREE. For more information please visit http://gallery.sbcc.edu/ .
Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition
Is offering four Street Skills Clinics for those who want to use a bike for fitness, recreation, or for just getting around town, but do not feel comfortable sharing roads with motor vehicles. In our clinics, you will learn how to look at streets and intersections, and know the best place to ride depending on your speed, the street layout, and traffic conditions. You will learn basic bike maintenance so your bike performs well and you do not get stuck miles from home. Knowing how to ride safely gives you the confidence to bicycle anywhere you want . Pick the ones you want. Anyone 16 years of age or older is welcome to participate. Teens 14 or 15 years old can attend with an adult. They take place at Bici Centro, 601 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara. For more information please visit: http://www.sbbike.org/skills/apply.html .
If exploring California is one of your goals while attending Santa Barbara City College, but you just do not know where to start or how to get there, or just simply would like to have someone to go with, then California Exploring may be just what you need. California Explorer gives you the opportunity to explore not only SB, but other places at reasonable prices. Some of the trips scheduled for February are to Los Angeles, Venice Beach, Rodeo Drive and Hollywood, Camarillo Premium Outlets, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Magic Mountain, Disneyland, Universal Studios… And so much more! For more information on trips, activities or to book a trip online, please visit www.california.explorer.net , or contact Dan or Sean by calling (805)699-6270.